The Ford House

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House tells the story of the home life of a prominent American family.

Architect: Albert Kahn

In 1926, Edsel Ford commissioned Albert Kahn, Detroit's most prominent architect, to create their home. Ford Motor Company had been working with Kahn since the early 1900s on creating vast industrial complexes. His work with Henry Ford in creating a continuously moving assembly line and a factory that could accommodate all production stages helped make mass production of affordable automobiles a reality. Kahn's combination of artistic achievement of beautiful buildings and the functional innovations in industrial design helped contribute to Detroit's emergence as an industrial giant.

A master of commercial, civic, institutional, domestic and modern industrial architecture, Kahn became America's foremost industrial architect. In fact, Architectural Record Magazine once wrote, "No other architectural firm had a greater influence on the development of industrial architecture than Albert Kahn's. But there is evidence that the architect's work had a wider influence, too, affecting the development of Modernism itself."

Kahn's immense influence on the art and architecture of this time even influenced other visual artists, such as Diego Rivera, with his industrial vision.

Other Albert Kahn Resources

  • W. Hawkins Ferry, The Legacy of Albert Kahn, Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1987. (available in the Gallery Shop)
  • Albert Kahn & Associates architectural firm. Visit the web site -